This animation was designed and created by iDEA (thinkidea.co.uk/). GGAT (ggat.org.uk/) and iDEA worked closely together to draw on the extensive repository of archaeological evidence (from GGAT's investigations) and historical documentation to allow iDEA to create an immersive 3D visualisation of the Ynysfach Ironworks as it would have appeared in around 1860.
The reconstruction demonstrates not only a true representation of the structures on the site, but also important visualisations of key functional areas accurately outlining the working practices, processes and technology employed at the Ironworks. The processes include the charging of the calcining kilns, the movement of the beam engine, the breaking open of the blast furnaces and the running out of the molten iron into the casting bed to form ‘pigs’. The ground breaking animation of the refinery sequence brings together the excavated evidence, the specialist analysis and nineteenth century accounts, to visualise for the first time the ‘Welsh Process’ of refining grey cast iron into wrought iron. This attention to detail makes this animation stand apart from other heritage reconstructions.